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Create a Georeferred Guide with Your Students


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Tips and tools session at the Summer Institute of Digital Literacy

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Create a Georeferred Guide with Your Students

  1. 1. Create a Georeferred Guide with Your Students Maria Ranieri University of Florence Italy
  2. 2. • StoryMapJS by Northwestern University is an Open Source tool under MIT license that allows you to create your own story map. • StoryMap JS tool provides a simple templated editor environment that allows you to create a storymap as a sequence of presentation slides that each describe a map location, some header text, some explanatory text and an optional media content. What is StoryMapJS? Access to StoryMapJS:
  3. 3. • Exploration • Collaborative learning • Peer tutoring/ Peer learning • Facilitation • Learners’ previous expertise • Multimedia learning • Narrative • Reflection on practice Pedagogical affordances
  4. 4. • Reshaping existing contents: Using storymap to «visualize» and present already existing contents, enriched with multimedia. For example, you can create a storymap of Ulisse’s trip, or to create a timeline with geographical references of historical events. • Creating new contents: Using storymap as a tool to present a work of exploration and knowledge of the territory: in this case, the workfield becomes crucial for the production of documentation and contents – including interviews and photos etc. – which subsequently are implemented in a multimedia format according to the target audience. Educational uses
  5. 5. A Guide with StoryMapJS & the PDI framework How is the place where I live? What is its history? Observe your environment and discuss Negotiate with peers decisions and roles Why my friends or other people should come here? Confront with peers about aspects that deserve to be highlighted What decisions inspired our design of the guide? How was my contribution to the workgroup? How did the digital device inluence our decisions? Define roles and contributions of each member of the group Decide what type of guide you want to create Make your ‘voice heard’ through our product
  6. 6. Example 1: Inside Florence This guide proposes an itinerary in the center of Florence to discover the Dome, ist buildings and old churches. It has been produced to showto the students how simple is to work with this digital tool. At a first stage students can combine texts and images. More sophisticated products will include also audio tracks and videorecordings. They could be pre-existing or created by the students. Technical features Storymap Text Images
  7. 7. Example 2: Lino, the ball, descovering Prato Technical features Storymap Text Audio This guide proposes an itinerary in the downtown of Prato (a twon close to Florence) to discover to historical monuments of the twon. This guide has been created by teacher students at the Faculty of Primary Education of the University of Florence. Teacher students experimented this activity to test it later with their students in their professional life.
  8. 8. This guide proposes an itinerary in the area of Mugello (close to Florence) looking for places where signiticant events occurred during the Second World War. The project has been carried out by the students of a five grade class in the high school «Chino Chini» in Borgo San Lorenzo. This work has been possible also thanks to the collaboration with the writer Sandra Cerbai, Andrea Gatti and the association UNICOOP from Borgo San Lorenzo. Example 3: War and antifascism in the Mugello area Technical features Storymap Text Video
  9. 9. • You can add images to any page by uploading them from your computer or by entering a link to an online image. • You can also embedd any other type of multimedia content like video from Vimeo or YouTube or audio from SoundCloud. • The media box includes an URL area and a space to enter a caption and credit for the image. • You can add additional pages by clicking "Add Slide" in the left-hand menu. • You can add points to your map, one per slide, by typing the building, street, city, and country, and use the zoom bar in the top left to find the location. • You can customize the map style, background color, and font using the Options buttons. • You can click Share to send through social media or to use an embed code. • As the editor tool is linked to a Google Drive account, a google mail is necessary to access the service. Overview of features
  10. 10. Mini-task Task: In pair decide a place you want to present to your colleagues. Locate it in the map and create three slides including images and texts with historical information about different historical monuments of that place.
  11. 11. Reflection prompt In pair, select one of these questions and discuss with your colleague: • Question 1: What type of teaching and learning activities StoryMapJS might (or might not) support in your workplace? • Question 2: What conditions would favour and what constrains woulf limit the use of StoryMapJS for your professional activities? • Question 3: What type of activities would you carry on to prepare your students and what type of activities would you propose to tour students to stimulate reflection and transfer of knowledge and capabilities?
  12. 12. Thanks!  Maria on the cloud e-mail: researchgate: linkedIn: slideshare: diigo:!: twitter: facebook: